When Corey Perry was 21 and a quietly observant NHL rookie, he played a supporting role as the Ducks reached the 2006 Western Conference finals. The following season, Perry and linemate Ryan Getzlaf led the team in playoff scoring but still deferred to the leadership of veterans Chris Pronger,...
For the first time in years, the NBA playoffs actually feel wide-open. The Eastern Conference is top-heavy, but a case can be made for the top three teams making it to the Finals. The Western Conference is a good mess with at least four...Show More Summary
Tony Parker thought he'd seen it all in the Western Conference.
The NBA Playoffs are finally here. While the Eastern Conference is top-heavy and doesn't figure to get interesting until some combination of the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Chicago Bulls collide, the Western Conference is going to be fascinating right away. Show More Summary
What a tangled web the NBA wove over the last few weeks. The Western Conference, in particular, was a crapshoot with the entire standings undergoing a massive facelift after the final night. By virtue of its loss, the San Antonio Spurs dropped to the No. Show More Summary
In the stacked Western Conference, there is not going to be an easy road to the Finals this year.
The Oklahoma City Thunder's playoff hopes were alive headed into the final game of the regular season, but in a historically tough Western Conference, even MVP candidate Russell Westbrook's best efforts couldn't catapult them into the eighth seed. Show More Summary
The popular narrative throughout the season was that any one of six teams could represent the ultra-talented Western Conference in the NBA Finals.
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s season ended with a thud when the New Orleans Pelicans grabbed the Western Conference’s final playoff spot, a sad ending that grew increasingly likely after Kevin Durant underwent foot surgery. Durant, who is expected to need four-to-six months to recover, spoke with reporters Thursday and was pretty succinct about whether he […]
On the heels of Oklahoma City’s failure to secure the final playoff spot in the Western Conference comes this report from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, which claims that Thunder management is feeling a little antsy about Scott Brooks going forward. Read more...
Nearly six full months of NBA action came down to one night. Wednesday's flurry of contests decided the remaining playoff spots in both conferences, unclogged a massive jam atop the Western Conference and set the stage for this weekend to kick off a two-month playoff extravaganza. The top seeds in both conferences were decided long ago. Show More Summary
The Houston Rockets played flawless basketball in their regular-season finale, routing the Utah Jazz 117-91 Wednesday night to clinch the second seed in the Western Conference and the top record in the talented Southwest Division. Houston put together a stifling defensive effort and rode that energy to a 30-point halftime lead. Show More Summary
The Golden State Warriors have distinguished themselves as the team to beat in a Western Conference loaded with formidable NBA Finals contenders. Catalyzed by a Splash Brothers backcourt featuring MVP candidate Stephen Curry and tremendous...Show More Summary
Anthony Davis welcome to the playoffs.
Eastern Conference In many ways, the first round out East is more compelling than its Western counterpart. Their final two wildcard spots weren’t totally settled until the last game of the season, and the storylines that accompany the playoff teams are bi-polar. Contrast Ottawa’s meteoric rise to the dance with Pittsburgh’s comically bad stretch run […]
Only one regular-season game remains for most NBA franchises, but the playoff picture is far from set. The final spot in the Western Conference is still up for grabs, as the Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans are in a dead heat to claim the No. Show More Summary
The Thunder need a win and a Pelicans loss to the Spurs on Wednesday to clinch the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs so a reporter looking for an easy quote asked Russell Westbrook if he is a Spurs fan now. The answer isShow More Summary
The final power rankings of the season are in and two Western Conference powerhouses lead the NBA into the playoffs. 1. Golden State Warriors (65-15, Last week: 1) The Warriors have been miles ahead of the pack through the majority of the regular season and they'll easily ride through the finish line in first place. Show More Summary
Time is running out for the Thunder to work its way into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Russell Westbrook did all he could Sunday, but Oklahoma City again came up short and, after he picked up his 16th technical foul, the team now may have to try and win a […]
The Oklahoma City Thunder took down the Sacramento Kings 116-103 on Friday night. The Thunder sat level with the Pelicans for the final spot in the Western Conference heading into the night and had lost four straight and six of seven. Show More Summary